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The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Now available for the first time in a mass-market premium paperback editionthe #1 New York Times bestseller of a reluctant clairvoyant who must weigh his options when he suddenly sees the terrible future awaiting mankind.When Johnny Smith was six-years-old, head trauma caused by a bad ice-skating accident left him with a nasty bruise on his forehead and, from time to time, those hunches...infrequent but accurate snippets of things to come. But it isn't until Johnny's a grown mannow having survived a horrifying auto injury that plunged him into a coma lasting four-and-a-half yearsthat his special abilities really push to the force. Johnny Smith comes back from the void with an extraordinary gift that becomes his life's curse...presenting visions of what was and what will be for the innocent and guilty alike. But when he encounters a ruthlessly ambitious and amoral man who promises a terrifying fate for all humanity, Johnny must find a way to prevent a harrowing predestination from becoming reality.
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intothehallofbooks
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Mehso-so

I did not love this one like I loved Salem‘s Lot and The Stand, but I‘m still glad I read it. It became more and more boring the further I read.

But I DID love that I was able to spend the first part of my Thanksgiving Day in PJ‘s, snuggling with my husband, both of us reading.

Onto the next book in my #readingStephenKing project: The Mist!! Reading King‘s books in chronological order is a personal challenge for me and I‘m really enjoying it.

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Bookgirl
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Panpan

Baffled. I read a lot of Stephen King when I was growing up but never got around to this one. Read it recently for a book club and could not believe how boring it was. Not at all clear on the success of this one. King is a great writer but yuck. I really love his short stories and novellas best. Plus The Dark Tower. I should go back and reread that one but oh there‘s so many books, so little time! #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy #klaus

guinsgirlreads I‘m just scrolling through and I thought that was my cat! 😂❤️😍 (edited) 7mo
BkClubCare The movie was pretty good. But I saw it when it came out; it‘s been awhile. 7mo
Bookgirl @guinsgirlreads aww Maine coon? I checked your profile to see if you had cat pics. My daughter is in Alpha Sigma Tau 💚 7mo
Bookgirl @BkClubCare I tried the movie from the 80s or maybe 99s? Idk but I didn‘t like that either. This just isn‘t a story that spoke to me 🤷🏼‍♀️☺️ 7mo
guinsgirlreads @Bookgirl Awww the cat‘s on there somewhere.. 😚 She resembles one but I‘m not sure if she actually is. Good for your daughter! Yay! 💛💚 7mo
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intothehallofbooks
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Always fun to find literary Easter eggs!! #readingStephenKing

Reagan I love that about Stephen King. I feel like I catch a lot but I probably miss way more than I find! 7mo
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intothehallofbooks
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Next up in my #readingStephenKing project: The Dead Zone!!

I started this six months ago but didn‘t make it past the second chapter. I got a slight start on it today. Feels like it is sticking this time 🙌🏻

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BoldCityBooks
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Oh, this is a good one. #stephenking #horror #kindle

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Sherlockmarie
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
Pickpick

A bit slow in the middle but great character development. Not scary at all but reads more like a thriller near the end. Now I‘d like to watch the show.

terryduncan5719 The series is excellent! 10mo
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Schnoebs
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4⭐️

I guess you could say this is my first “true” Stephen King that I‘ve read since my first was the Colorado Kid. I really enjoyed this a lot even though there were some parts that dragged. I‘m definitely looking forward to reading more from the author before I dive into the Dark Tower series.

Check out my Goodreads review for more: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3407147404

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sparrowssavvy
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I am slowly working my way through all of Stephen King‘s writing. While I definitely prefer other books by him, this was still pretty good. It felt like it was a four act play to me. The pacing wasn‘t bad, but it was more four different segments than one major storyline.

There is something about Stephen King‘s writing that just sucks me in. I love his random characters that he brings to life, even if it is just for one small scene.

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amywithbooks
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Pickpick

This was a fun one to revisit. Johnny is a great protagonist and while I don't find this to be one of King's scarier novels, it is still thrilling and engaging. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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amywithbooks
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Book and a beer! #stephenkinglonghaul

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JakeRuble
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Pickpick

Stephen King is one of my favorite writers as well as the author I have read the most from. I will be the first to say however, it typically takes me a while to get sucked into his stories, all though once I am in, I am in deep. That was not the case with The Dead Zone. This was a fun exciting read from the first letter to the last punctuation. For anyone thinking about reading a Stephen King book for the first time, this is my recommendation.

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Jari-chan
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Pickpick

Somewhere between a So-So and a Pick. The first 3/4 were good to read and especially the showing of human behavoir when faced with something unkown was just to real. But nearing the end King lost me, the story just dragged to much. Still rating it as a pick.

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Jari-chan
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Some of my planned books for December. Including the last few physical TBR books I own. But I got gifzed two advent calendars and I am sure, to find some books there to read in January 😉

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catsuit_mango
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Starting the new week with another big book :)

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SerenaCrawford
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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2020 read great book 📚🤩

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Skygoddess1
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Whew! There was a lot going on in this book. I loved Johnny‘s relationship with his Dad I think the most. His Dad was such a kind man who had to deal with quite a lot between his son‘s accident and his wife‘s misuse of their funds. Now I need to watch the movie to see how it holds up. #AuthorAMonth #Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness +16pts

Soubhiville I don‘t think I ever read this one. You‘re getting a lot read this month! 2y
Skygoddess1 @Soubhiville It‘s all thanks to audiobooks and lots of down time. 2y
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Skygoddess1
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Yesterday was the end of #LittenListen I managed to finish Christine and started The Dead Zone. Total listening time came in at a little over 3 and a half hours for yesterday. +31 pts for #Scarathlon2020 and #TeamHarkness

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TorieStorieS
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Another Halloween listen narrated by the very talented James Franco! I wasn‘t familiar with this one at all before starting but enjoyed the 1970s political angle as well as the characters. King sure makes the villains vile here (that dog scene!!). I listened to it at every opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed it, though I wouldn‘t count this as one of his spookier reads. I am curious to check out the screen adaptations now! #AudioColoring

BookwormM I enjoyed the film haven‘t read the book I really should 2y
TorieStorieS @BookwormM this is the only time of year that I can twist my husband‘s arm into anything spooky so I added both adaptations to our watchlist!🎃☠️👻 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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A classic Stephen King book about a man with psychic abilities who shakes hands with a politician claiming to be “just another guy” and gets a flash of the end of the world. I liked this one as a teenager, but was scared of it as an adult. I love King‘s books but sometimes am frustrated when his endings fizzle. Not the case with this one.
#CYO Readathon book 3
#Scarathalon2020 #TeamSlaughter
#Screamathon #BookspinBINGO square 4
#AuthorAMonth2020

Clwojick Woohoo! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
Darthdad I loved the TV series Dead Zone based on the King novel but have never gotten around to reading the book. I may have to change that soon. 2y
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Mitchbtg
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
Pickpick

Great story telling from the all-time Master of Horror. Johnny Smith is a fun character to follow and all of his relationships with the other characters are very well written.

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Traci1
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August has been a productive reading (and listening - about half were audios) month for me. I enjoyed most of these, with over half of them getting ⭐⭐⭐⭐. My favorites of the month were The Dead Zone (which was superbly narrated by James Franco) and Rapture in Death. The only one that got less than 3 stars for me was Children of Time, which was surprisingly disappointing. I really expected to love it.

TheNeverendingTBR Yea, The Dead Zone was better than I expected ✅ 2y
Traci1 @TheNeverendingTBR I love (or at least really like) most of Stephen King's stuff. I'm trying to go back and read through all of them. 2y
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rohit-sawant
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Reluctant seer, Johnny Smith, has a hellish vision upon shaking a rising politician‘s hand. Based on this often heard logline, I expected a fast-paced thriller but found a sun-dappled character study, delving into trauma & recovery, relationships & faith, that gradually ratchets up tension before going balls to the wall. It eerily echoes the current political climate, adding a feverish shade of verisimilitude, while meditating on morality & mania.

batsy "sun-dappled character study"... I love that! 2y
Tanisha_A @batsy Love that too. Very interesting way to describe 2y
802Librarian One of my favorites of his. 2y
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Reggie Have you seen the movie with Christopher Walken? It‘s a pretty decent adaptation. And speaking of our current political climate where is our Johnny?!!!! 2y
rohit-sawant @NHLibrarian Feel likewise! 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie 😆 I know, right?! The bit where even Stillson discloses his financial records made think we're definitely living in a much bizzare timeline. The film has been on my To Watch list! Man, I'd love to see a modern day adaptation of TDZ helmed by Mike Flanagan with John Cusak or Dev Patel as Johnny. 2y
vivastory Although this King is still on my TBR echoing @reggie this is one of my fave movie adaptations. Speaking of I'm almost finished with the mini-series of The Outsider. Have you watched it? 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory I enjoyed it quite a bit. The casting was soild. A lot of the changes they made gelled well with the show's take on the story and in a way opened it up, which was interesting. How did you like Cynthia Erivo's portrayal of Holly? I found her version a bit Sherlock-y but liked it all the same. It fit in well with the show's universe. Book Holly is the best Holly, though🤘🏼
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rohit-sawant Recently read that season two of The Outsider will draw from 'If it Bleeds' and am curious to see their interpretation and if they introduce Holly's ka-tet. 2y
vivastory Book Holly is def the best Holly! I really liked Erivo's portrayal. I do wish that the writers had not completely written out her experiences with Bill Hodges. I don't need long conversations, but a nod or two would have been nice. I have 2 more episodes left but I have really enjoyed this take on it. There's been some clever things too, like when they named a couple of the victims Williams sisters, Seemed like a nod to Poe's William Williamson 2y
vivastory @rohit-sawant I still have that one waiting on my TBR. I need to get caught up 😬I watched a zoom discussion between King & Grisham a few months ago & it sounds like the book he's working on how will be different, like a crime novel 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory The nod to Poe was pretty neat. Also, that's precisely my biggest gripe, not even mentioning Bill Hodges. A passing mention of a mentor/partner, even a lazy picture-on-the-wall variety of exposition, would've been great. 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory That was an awesome video. Hope we learn more about the new book soon. Can relate to needing to catch up. That's pretty much been a daily struggle of late. And I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on If it Bleeds. I enjoyed all four stories, but there's a piece in it titled "The Life of Chuck" which is possibly one of his best shorter works. 2y
vivastory That's high praise! I was all set to make The Institute my next King, but may have to rethink this. Isn't The Life of Chuck related to his other works in some way? 2y
BiblioLitten My first SK book😍 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory It echoes some of the themes he's dealt with in the past. It's a very 'quiet' yet profound piece, if that makes sense. I think you're gonna dig The Institute. The characters are kind of a pleasant throwback to IT in some ways. Hope you check out both books soon! 2y
rohit-sawant @BiblioLitten Nice! 🙌🏼🤘🏼 2y
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Michellesibs
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When I decided to read all SK works in publication order it was purely because I was told this was the easiest way to spot signs of the multiverse and I think I've found my first cross overs! This book directly mentions Salems Lot and Carrie.
I imagine reading this in the early 80's the character of Stillson would have seemed ridiculous but you can definitely see the parallels between him and Trump.

KathyWheeler No — you would think Stillson would‘ve seemed ridiculous in the 80s, but he actually seemed scary to me. I just didn‘t know the book would be prophetic. 😞 (edited) 2y
Susanita One summer I was visiting my dad and bored out of my mind (pre-internet, and I didn't know anyone my age in the tiny neighborhood) so he gave me this book to read. I devoured it. 2y
Mistermandolin I read it in the early 80s and have always rated it. Impressed me at the time and resonates today. Some say it‘s the last of King‘s ‘greats‘ and while I wouldn‘t go that far it‘s certainly up there with his best. Great pick! 2y
Michellesibs @KathyWheeler @Susanita @Mistermandolin I cant stop thinking about it, theres something about Kings work which creeps under your skin and you find yourself thinking about it for weeks after isnt there. 2y
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Branwen
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My Saturday afternoon! 😻💕📚

I'm about 100 pages away from the end of this book and it is definitely ranking up there with my other favorite King stories! He is just a master of characterization, which is one of my favorite aspects of his writing and why he's one of my favorite authors! 💕

The resemblance between Stillson/Trump is terrifying! 😨

I could have done without the animal cruelty scene though. 😩🤢

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas

JoScho Look at that sweetness 🖤 2y
Branwen @JoScho He's my sweet baby! 😽💕 2y
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Branwen
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First night of the season sitting out on my balcony reading! 😀💕📚

JoScho Lovely! 2y
Bklover That is one of my favorite King books. 2y
Branwen @JoScho Thank you! It's one of my favorite places to be! 😀 @Bklover I can totally see why! I'm about a hundred pages in and it's amazing so far! 😀 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Pickpick

I really liked this one, I was just so immersed in it and I read all day today because I couldn't put it down.

It's just wonderfully written, heartbreaking and the characters were amazing! ❤

I give it a well deserved 5/5 rating! 💫

Don't know what to read next 🤔

That ending! 😭

vivastory I need to read this one. He was talking about this one in an interview recently. 2y
Branwen @vivastory I just purchased a copy of this recently specifically because of that interview! 🤣 It looks really good! 2y
vivastory @Branwen I think that Colbert automatically interviews him now whenever he has a new book published. It seems like this is the third time. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @vivastory I hope you love it and I'll look forward to your review! 🙌 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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James Franco is reading and its not bad, I don‘t know what I was expecting.

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AmyG
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Dead Zone - Stephen King
Didion, Joan
Dexter
DIIV
Darkstar (Grateful Dead)

#ManicMonday #LetterD @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing Amy 🤗💚 2y
Buechersuechtling Dexter. 😍 2y
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BookwormAHN
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@JoScho Your meme reminded me of this one that I found on Pinterest.

Bookwormjillk So true 😂 2y
Texreader 😂 😂 😂 2y
JoScho Love it! 2y
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rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 2y
swynn Not sure I should break it to you but the White House appears to be an entire clown car. 2y
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charlotteamber
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
My second Stephen King novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Johnny Smith is involved in a serious accident and remains in a coma for years. When he wakes up, he has a strange new power to see into people's lives when he touches them. With this comes great pain and responsibility. 🔮
A really fascinating read..the only reason it's 4 stars is there were 100 pages or so in the last third of the book which I felt lacked the same oomph.

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BookwormAHN
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#7Days7Books
Day 3 Book 3 The Dead Zone
We present here 7 books that will always remain in our minds, because they touched us so much, changed us.
No further comments!

MySharonaK I love the dead zone. I was also really hooked on the tv series 2y
Bookwormjillk I really need to re-read this one 2y
BiblioLitten This was a mind-blowing read. I read it when I didn‘t even know who SK was. 2y
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jackilynn
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jackilynn
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Looking for a new audiobook...narrated by James Franco you say? Don't mind if I do!!

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BoleyBooks
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EagleReader 👍 1y
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Susanita
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One summer I was visiting my dad and was bored out of my mind, so he gave me this Stephen King book to read. I #thoughtiwouldntlikeitbutidid although the ending was a little meh. #gratefulreads

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 3y
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JillR
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I felt the need to read Stephen King for Halloween week but after picking up IT, The Shining and Carrie I wimped out and went for this supernatural psychological thriller rather than proper scary. As always, a great story, although I admit I lost interest a bit with the final third so not my favourite SK to date.

Anna40 Very unpopular opinion but I don't like his writing style. ... 3y
jillannjohn I‘ve never read this one but I enjoyed the movie and the TV series. Might be time to pick up the book... 3y
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JillR
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I felt the need to read Stephen King for Halloween week but after picking up IT, The Shining and Carrie I wimped out and went for this supernatural psychological thriller rather than proper scary. As always, a great story, although I admit I lost interest a bit with the final third so not my favourite SK to date.

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AdaChivers
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Another Stephen King reread, but this one was a surprise! I didn't like it the first time I read (I love the movie), but this time around I really enjoyed it! Maybe the translation wasn't good and since this time I read an copy in English it was better experience?

JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to try this one. Duma Key was really good! 3y
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Becker
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Typical Stephen King = Great storytelling

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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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DarcysMom
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Ugh - it was a hot walk today. ☀️🌡
#audiowalk
#2019kmin2019
#105MileJuly
#overdrive
#LitsyWalkers

Sha0102 I just loved this book. Read when I was a teen... good memories. 🤗 3y
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DarcysMom
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mabell He doesn‘t look as friendly as the critters you usually run into 😆 3y
DarcysMom @mabell I had to be very stealthy getting past him. 😂 3y
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DarcysMom
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KathyWheeler Still one of my fave King books. 3y
Slajaunie I used to watch this television show. 3y
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DarcysMom
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BiblioLitten
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#30junebooks
These are a few #underrated books that I read in my late teens. I really enjoyed reading them, and The Dead Zone is the best!

TheDaysGoBy I loved the TV show! At least until it got weird and ridiculous towards the end of its run 😂 3y
BiblioLitten I didn‘t know there was a TV show!😃 @TheDaysGoBy (edited) 3y
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everlocalwest
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Mehso-so

I was not a fan of James Franco's narration, so that may be affecting my rating. But still, it felt like the story got away from King a few times, like he had an idea for a novel about a corrupt (surprisingly Trumpian) politician and also a few vignettes about a psychic and put them all together in this somewhat messy book.

JoScho I started this one and the dog getting killed right off the bat made me bail. Sounds like I didn‘t miss much. 3y
everlocalwest @JoScho Yeah, unless you are a completist I think you are fine bailing on this one (though I don't think anymore animal cruelty is described, abuses of children are though, and they are hard to hear/read). 3y
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Aseleener
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I'm next in line, but I really want to start this tonight! I hardly ever buy books (❤ my library!), but am strongly considering just buying it on Kindle tonight. Should I?

Slajaunie Go for it!! 📖 3y
JoScho So I started this one and bailed because there was animal cruelty that is a total trigger for me. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you can‘t handle that kind of thing either 😊 3y
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JacqMac
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The kids have a five day weekend. I am continuing their education in all things Stephen King.

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candority
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I hadn‘t heard of The Dead Zone prior to @LauraJ‘s recommendation for #NewYearWhoDis. It seems to be one of King‘s novels that has faded into the background, but I think it deserves more recognition. It is pure fun in the beginning, and while it is never particularly scary, it does become eerie due to the supernatural elements and the political/social commentary (some of which is surprisingly reflective of today‘s world).

MStew 🤓🤘 3y
BiblioLitten This was my first SK novel. I had forgotten about it too. Gripping and well-written! 3y
candority @BiblioLitten What a good one to start with! I totally agree. 3y
Reggie I saw this movie the other day and thought”Where is our Christopher Walken when we need him!!!!” 3y
candority @Reggie Ahaha seriously, we could use him! I need to watch the movie 😊 3y
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